Chicago’s former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that Black Lives Matter has to share the blame for rising crime rates in the Midwestern city, which is currently experiencing its highest murder toll in decades.
McCarthy was fired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after an independent investigation showed that Chicago Police officers had shot a 17-year-old boy, Laquan McDonald, without provocation back in 2014. Prosecutors determined that the police officers had protected each other after one of their own killed the unarmed teen.
“Social justice” concerns, and the resulting outcry against the Chicago Police Department, led cops to pull back on routine enforcement back in September. Arrests fell 28%, pedestrian stop-and-frisks fell more than 80%. Drug arrests fell by 50%.
Anti-cop activists rejoiced, as they determined police were spending more time on “serious crimes,” but instead, the murder rate in the city climbed even higher, topping 750 killings in 2016, with around 3,500 shooting victims from more than 4,300 incidents citywide.
In the last week of December 2016, police handled 27 shootings.
McCarthy said the connection between “social justice” concerns and a sharp increase in the murder rate is plain to see: “There has been a political atmosphere of anti-police sentiment that has swept across this country over the last few years. The simplest way to describe it is that we have created an environment where we have emboldened criminals and we are hamstringing the police. That is creating a state of lawlessness.”
McCarthy was careful to note that there have been shooting by cops that were unwarranted, but said that they are a mere fraction of the thousands of shootings suffered.
According to the New York Post, officers have shot only 25 people in Chicago, most of whom were armed and dangerous. That’s less than 1% of the total.
Speaking again to CBS 60 Minutes, McCarthy said the city’s police force is in “crisis.”
“When you have activity falling off the way it is and crime skyrocketing, that’s a huge problem,” he told Bill Whittaker. “When people are dying, yes, there’s crisis. No two ways about it.
H/T – HeatStreet
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